The end of the world as we know it… Dystopian & Post-apocalyptic Fiction

Post-apocalyptic -Apocalyptic fiction is a sub-genre of science fiction that is concerned with the end of civilization either through nuclear war, plague, environmental disaster or some other general disaster. Post-apocalyptic fiction is set in a world or civilization after such a disaster.
Dystopia –  “dys·to·pi·a (dĭs-tō’pē-ə): 1.An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror.”  These imaginary places or states are often but not always set in a post-apocalyptic world.

Zombie virus, environmental disaster, war which will it be that ends the world as we know it? What would it be like to live in a dystopian society that has evolved from these disasters?

This genre has always been popular but at the moment dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction seems to be the big thing in Young Adult fiction. If you have read and enjoyed the Hunger Games series, or the new series The Enemy from Charlie Higson then you will want to check out some more fiction from this genre.

At the moment we have a display of these books as well as a DVD with lots of great books trailers showing on our TV. Come in and check them out. We have kept our list very broad and some of the titles that I have read and would highy recommend are the following.

  • The forest of hands and teeth trilogy by Carrie Ryan 
  • The Atherton trilogy by Patrick Carman
  • The last survivors by Susan Pfeffer
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin *** highly recommend.
  • Genesis by Bernard Beckett
  • Inside out by Maria V. Snyder
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness
  • The Mortal engines series by Philip Reeve

And just so you can prepare the US Centers for Disease Control has published a plan to deal with a zombie uprising!

On the blog Redecorating Middle-Earth in early Lovecraft: Always Halloween Never Thanksgiving there is an extensive list of young adult dystopian fiction since 1960. It is sorted by year and is excellent.

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2 thoughts on “The end of the world as we know it… Dystopian & Post-apocalyptic Fiction

    • Thanks Michael for your comment. Yes one of my favourite genres as well and cannot wait for the next book in The Passage trilogy – I think it is called The twelve. Really enjoyed The Passage and hoping the size does not put too many of our students off.

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